China’s leader and the speech that spells power

China’s leader and the speech that spells power

Image copyright EPA Image caption The aptly-named Great Hall, where more than 2,000 delegates attended for one lengthy speech If anyone doubts that China retains an unreformed Leninist political system, then the goings-on inside the Great Hall of the People over the past few hours should put them straight. Firstly, the president – and general […]

Is Delhi’s Diwali firework ban an attack on Hinduism?

Is Delhi’s Diwali firework ban an attack on Hinduism?

Image copyright Reuters It was meant as a way to tackle air pollution – but it ended up as the subject of a fierce online debate about religion. India’s supreme court banned selling firecrackers during Diwali, igniting an uproar as some saw the ban as an attack specifically on Hinduism’s biggest festival. Chetan Bhagat, the […]

Australia citizenship overhaul hits Senate hurdle

Australia citizenship overhaul hits Senate hurdle

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australia’s government will revise a bill on citizenship requirements An Australian government plan to overhaul its citizenship process has stalled after opposition parties effectively blocked its Senate passage. The proposed bill would have made it harder to gain citizenship. It included requirements for applicants to have advanced English language […]

Xi Jinping: ‘Time for China to take centre stage’

Xi Jinping: ‘Time for China to take centre stage’

Media captionBBC China editor Carrie Gracie has a look at the Communist Party messages all over Beijing China has entered a “new era” where it should “take centre stage in the world”, President Xi Jinping says. The country’s rapid progress under “socialism with Chinese characteristics” shows there is “a new choice for other countries”, he […]

India Diwali: Delhi acts against pollution menace

India Diwali: Delhi acts against pollution menace

Image copyright AFP Image caption Authorities crack down on pollution in Delhi a few days before the festival of Diwali India’s capital is enacting a plan to combat hazardous smog, as air pollution in Delhi hits “very severe” levels. The plan, which includes traffic restrictions and the shutdown of a major power plant, was announced […]

Australia’s Crown casino denies slot-machine ‘tampering’

Australia’s Crown casino denies slot-machine ‘tampering’

Image copyright AFP Image caption The allegations was made by casino staff members Australia’s largest casino has denied allegations it deliberately tampered with slot machines and ignored evidence of drug use and domestic violence. The claims, by three people who said they were ex-employees of Crown casino, were tabled in Australia’s parliament. Authorities will investigate […]

China’s Communist Party congress begins in Beijing

China’s Communist Party congress begins in Beijing

Media captionThe Communist Party’s messages are plastered all across Beijing China’s biggest political event, the Communist Party congress, has begun in Beijing under tight security. Party leader and Chinese president Xi Jinping is addressing more than 2,000 delegates in the capital. The closed-door summit, which takes place once every five years, determines who rules China […]

Indonesia massacres: Declassified US files shed new light

Indonesia massacres: Declassified US files shed new light

Image copyright EPA Image caption Relatives visit a site believed to be the burial ground for victims The US knew people were being “delivered for slaughter” during a political purge in Indonesia during the 1960s, declassified documents reveal. At least 500,000 people were killed between 1965 and 1966, after the army and local Muslim militia […]

What’s it like to live in North Korea?

North Korea is one of the most closed-off counties on the planet, with little access to the outside world. Four North Koreans who managed to escape explain what life was like back home and what they miss the most. James Reevell, Hosu Lee & Wonjung Bae What’s it like to live in North Korea?}